Once the 2020 election cycle completes, It is my hope that if we learn anything, it is the importance of questioning everything our leadership tells us. We should accept nothing they say as gospel or fact; we should be demanding answers beyond what is just word salad. Political speak at any level should neither be tolerated nor accepted. When our elected leadership says we cannot have Medicare For All, we need to demand real reasons. We need to demand they reveal who is pulling their strings, or in no uncertain terms, remind them that they can be easily replaced.
Furthermore, we should demand to know the real reasons why the Republicans are sounding the war drums again. I don’t want to hear the tired old phrase, “… because Iran.” That’s a non-answer. I want to know which global corporations will be profiting handsomely from war. I want to know specifically what goods and services Raytheon, Boeing, Lockeed Martin, et al. are going to provide and how they’re going to be enriched. Please don’t tell me we are going to war for national security reasons. Going to war for national security reasons is like fucking for virginity.
Our leadership banks on our own ignorance, distraction, laziness, or outright unwillingness to question conventional wisdom. This aversion to critical thinking seems to be something truly unique to the United States. If you think for a minute that the French would put up with the same amount of baloney that we put up with, you’ve got another thing coming to you. The French are notorious for taking action that goes far beyond a Twitter storm. They take to the streets and do it violently if necessary. The French people are pretty fearless about making demands that their government work for the people, whereas Americans are cowed.
Real change does not happen with complete pacifism, and while I am not a fan of violence, being too pacified is allowing people to run roughshod over you. This is exactly what our leadership is doing to us: steamrolling us into submission. Well I, for one, have had my fill and I hope that if our election does not bring about meaningful, substantive transformation, that my fellow people will join me with their yellow vests donned.